Becoming a Monk
A Step-By-Step Process
Upon being accepted into the monastery, a monk does not make vows right away. He goes through several stages before final profession, including postulancy and the novitiate. The solemn profession does not take place until he has tested his vocation at the monastery for several years.
Vows Made for the Sake of the Kingdom
Our life is defined by the religious vow of obedience. We also take the Benedictine vows of stability, which ties us to our monastery for the remainder of our earthly existence, and conversion of life. Far from being restrictions, these vows leave us less burdened by worldly cares and free our hearts to pursue God’s will.
Discernment Is Not Commitment
If you’re not 100% sure that entering a monastery is your calling, don’t worry. You don’t make final vows until several years after you join. This gives you the chance to seriously discern whether the Benedictine way of life is truly for you. If you find that it isn’t, nothing’s lost. The time you’ll spend here deepening your prayer life and developing practical skills will serve you well, no matter your ultimate vocation.